Soy Connection

 I have been researching myself to try and find any causal links between soy ingestion and my negative flare ups. This is what I have found out so far in a nutshell.It is known that FQ’s damage affects the neurotransmitters in the body. There is some debate on the level of damage done to each. For instance it is known that FQ’s definitely damages the GABA system. I do not know to what level it damages the acetylcholine (ach) neurotransmission system but according to most symptoms that floxies have the ach system seems to have damage. The ach system is excitory and according to the flox report if the ach system is damaged excessive ach would build up around the nerves and then it would cause insomnia, tense muscles, irritability, depression, headache and restlessness.

Basically soy contains acetylcholine (a google search will result in all kinds of reports on soy and ach). If the average person ingests soy it does not usually effect them but in someone whose ach system is damaged it could cause the above symptoms and maybe more. So basically you could get tested for soy sensitivity and it will probably come back normal, since it is not actually the soy your are allergic to or sensitive to but the effects is has on the ach system.



David experienced an adverse event to the the fluoroquinolone Levaquin in 2007 at age 46. Prior to, he was a healthy law enforcement official. Now, disabled with drug induced mitochondrial disease/dysfunction, he is an FQ patient safety advocate, citizen scientist, FQ researcher, author, and commentator. He has contributed to case studies and published academic papers on the FQ’s in the BMJ, European Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, Oxford Academic Clinical infectious Diseases, and contributed data to many more outlets.

2 Responses

  1. Omar says:

    I was on Levaquin when swine flu was going around. I have struggled with food sensitivities ever since. Soy milk was one of the first things I gave up because of the massive headaches it was causing me.

    I have since also given up wheat, milk and corn, adding back in the latter two as I’m able to take them back in. I was on a glutamate- and aspartate-restricted diet.

    I have had some benefit from Huperzine and phosphatidylserine. I had to give up the huperzine in part because of what you describe as an acetylcholine buildup. This is all very interesting. I had assumed it was Asperger’s syndrome, but I feel like Levaquin was responsible for the newfound intense sensitivty I have to some foods. My body was always sensitive, but not to this degree.

    Unfortunately I was also going through a stressful period at work at the time, so I may never know how much the Levaquin was to blame. I also had to go on an antidepressant afterwards. But it’s very interesting to see a link here. Thanks for the info! Let me know if there’s any way my experience can help.

  2. Omar says:

    Oh! I should add that my main sensitivity to soy comes from soy lecithin. I’m able to tolerate soybean oil a little better, but I still avoid it in general.

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